Man guilty of assaulting 6yo

A man who sexually assaulted his 6-year-old cousin in 2015 has been found guilty by the Waigani National Court.

Justice Martin Ipang, in giving his verdict, said the medical report provided in court proved beyond reasonable doubt he committed the offence.

The child victim gave evidence in court, identifying the man and demonstrated what he did to her on 18 September 2015 in the family home in Port Moresby.

However, he had an alibi, saying he had friends over that day - listening to music, telling stories and cooking and could not have possibly assaulted the girl.

He claims he had a sour relationship with the victim's mother who complained of him finishing food at home as he was unemployed.

He said the victim rubbed hair food on her genital area however, could not prove to court how she complained of having abdominal pains and injuries to her genitals.

The court found the state's evidence to be credible and convicted him accordingly.

During submission of sentence, he asked for a suspended sentence but the state said a full custodial term would be appropriate.

He remains in custody, awaiting his sentence.

Sally Pokiton